Braden Cordivari

First Year

Braden Cordivari received his BA in Classical Studies and Anthropology with a minor in Archaeological Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. His undergraduate thesis presented excavation results and contextualized the Beyceğiz tumulus, a Phrygian monument at Gordion in central Anatolia, where he is a member of the research project. He has also excavated at Morgantina on Sicily as part of the Contrada Agnese Project. He was the John Williams White Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2018-19, taking part in the Regular Year program. Braden completed an MPhil in Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge in 2020-21 with a thesis on 15th/17th century technical ceramics and copper metallurgy in the Niari Basin, Republic of the Congo.

At ISAW he plans to use methods of archaeological science to investigate technology, provenance, and systems of knowledge around craft production in Anatolia and Greece during the Iron Age from a comparative perspective. He is interested in human-environment interactions around raw materials, in particular metals, and in the wider interconnectivity of the late 2nd and early 1st millennium BCE world. He is also interested in public outreach via museums and in building upon his experiences in curatorial practice at the Penn Museum.